Larkin's Hill Farm
|The Farmers||The Farm||The Method|
|Dan Larkin and Una Wycherley||
Puckaun, Co, Tipperary
Una Wycherley, from Skibbereen in West Cork, I grew up on my mother’s farm, it being one of the first female managed, organically certified farms in Ireland through the Organic Trust. Mom was and still is a huge influence on my love for farming and horticulture. After studying Complementary health therapies, I branched into horticulture and to the fundamentals of health through food. I studied horticulture in CIT (Cork Institute of Technology), I then went on to do an apprentiship in Organic farming through the Dept of Agriculture and studied commercial organic market gardening.
Dan Hogan after first studying furniture design in Letterfrack in Galway and then farming in agricultural college, came home to the Larkin’s Hill Farm to work alongside his father and eventually take over the family farm.
In 2018 we decided to set up our own commercial market garden together.
Larkin’s Hill Farm is located near the village of Puckane outside Nenagh ,Tipperary. Puckane itself is a very picturesque village beside Lough Derg with sweet little thatched cottages and most notably known for being Shane Mc Gowan’s home place.
Our farm has been in Dan’s family for generations, a traditional mixed farm now, but in his father’s, time was best known for growing award-winning Malting Barley.
Most of the farm supports a Suckler beef herd but a section of it now has a very productive market garden.
Fortunately the land is really good quality and supports the growth of highly nutritious food. We grow all our food chemical, pesticide free with care for animals, the environment, soil and nature as a whole.
Our veg is produced mainly using traditional horticulture methods and very little use of machinery is necessary.
Our veg is also grown, harvested and packed by hand.
We harvest and deliver on the same day when possible so that the food is exceptionally fresh, local and full of flavour and vitality.
Being able to have a number of micro enterprises on the farm to support our family is important to us. We have our own apiary whereby we have enough honey for ourselves and our neighbours, the bees themselves are fortunate to have a wide diverse countryside to forage on and considering our farm has been farmed using organic principles we have a bounty of flowers and fauna during the year.
We are currently going through Organic Certification so hopefully by next year we can officially label our food as certified organic.
Our principles of care and respect for food and where it comes from and how it is produced is fundamental to our way of life. We deeply appreciate that we are only custodians of our farm and that we want it to pass on to future generations as good if not better that how we got it. With such major global environmental devastation occurring, it is comforting to think that our farming practices are not negatively impacting our environment and instead is playing a small part by keeping food sources local and using farming practices that care for its consumers and the environment.